Post-Grad and Post-Doc Funding Opportunity in ‘Law, Equality and Social Justice’ at University of Witwatersrand

admin - 31st July 2018

The NRF funded South African Research Chair in ‘Law, Equality and Social Justice’, based at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships and postgraduate bursaries (PhD and LLM) in the broad field of equality, law, rights and social justice to commence in January/February 2019.

NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application are invited for postdoctoral fellowships for an initial period of twelve months. Successful applicants may be renewed for a second year. The value of the fellowship in 2019 in R220 000.00. This is a full-time position and fellows may not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the fellowship, and are expected to be based at the University for at least 80 per cent of the period of the Fellowship. All fellowship awards should be held as primary funding.

Applicants should engage in research in the field of equality, law and social justice, broadly construed, and successful candidates will be required to publish at least two accredited articles per annum and to contribute to the work of the Chair.

Applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees within the last five years and have proven ability in research and writing. South African citizens and permanent residents may apply, as well as outstanding international candidates, who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in South Africa.

To apply, please submit the following documents to

  • a covering letter stating why you are interested in the fellowship
  • A summary research proposal of two pages
  • A CV
  • Full academic records
  • The contact details of two academic referees
  • A short piece of recent written work, or publication.

NRF Postgraduate bursaries (PhD and LLM)

Applications are invited for doctoral and LLM scholarships in equality, law and social justice. Masters applicants may enrol for an LLM by dissertation, or coursework and research report. Applicants should intend to conduct their research in the broad area of social justice, equality related law and rights. The value of the NRF PhD bursary in 2019 is R120 000.00 and the Masters bursary R90 000.00. All bursaries should be held as primary funding towards the degree.

All applicants should intend to study full-time at Wits University, and be South African or from other African countries. Applications for the doctoral bursary may be accepted from countries outside of Africa.

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • A covering letter stating why you are interested in the bursary and your field of study
  • A summary research proposal of one to two pages (for your thesis, dissertation or research report)
  • A CV
  • Full academic records
  • The contact details of two academic referees

Enquiries and applications Enquiries on the scope and content of the research field and fellowship/bursary criteria should be made to Professor Cathi Albertyn ( Please do not send applications to this email. You may also consult the following webpages:

On the NRF criteria see here.

On Wits Postdoctoral expectations, see here.

All applications should be sent to Claire Joseph ( by 10 September 2018.

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